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Peniophora rufa Peniophora rufa on a small Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) branch. These are dry individuals. Geotagged,Minnesota,Peniophora rufa,Populus tremuloides,Quaking Aspen,Red Brain Fungus,Spring,United States,red fungus Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Peniophora rufa

Peniophora rufa on a small Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) branch. These are dry individuals.

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  1. Incredible species intro, Gary! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Alas, I cannot claim authorship. Michale Kuo (mushroomexpert.com) is responsible. Posted 6 months ago
      1. Well, you can claim the species intro here, meaning the first to introduce the species at JD :) Posted 6 months ago
        1. Oh, oh, I thought you meant the species write-up which is lifted from Kuo's website. Posted 6 months ago
          1. No worries. Species intro is JD vocabulary. It's basically the blue icon you see when it's the first observation of a species on the site. For many people it's an "addictive" driver to post and even find new ones in the field. It's like pokemon for nature :)

            A second one is a country intro (green icon), the first observation of a species within a specific country.

            And in the future I plan to add a 3rd one: lifer. Meaning, first personal observation of the species.

            It's basically my job to keep you folks addicted. In fun, sustainable ways of course ;)
            Posted 6 months ago

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Peniophora rufa is a distinctive crust fungus that forms small, bright red, cushion-shaped structures on the dead but still bark-covered branches and trunks of aspens, including quaking aspen and big-toothed aspen. Although a microscope is probably not needed in order to identify Peniophora rufa successfully, the fungus has fascinating microscopic features, including prominent gloeocystidia.

Similar species: Russulales
Species identified by Gary B
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By Gary B

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Uploaded Mar 14, 2019. Captured Apr 23, 2016 11:49 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
  • f/5.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm